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What is Emergency Management

Emergency Management is the combined efforts of  local, state and federal governments to protect the citizens from the effects of disasters, both natural and manmade. The local Office of Emergency Management works to identify and analyze the hazards that may face Spartanburg County and develop contingency plans for each hazard. The plans are regularly  tested, refined and tested again, all with the goal of protecting or saving  lives and property.


The Office of Emergency Management uses a four-phase approach  to emergencies: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery, which  is known collectively as the Emergency Management Cycle.

Emergency Management Cycle

Mitigation - Activities which are designed to either prevent  the occurrence of an emergency or minimize the potentially adverse effects  of an emergency, including zoning/building code ordinances and enforcement of land use regulations.


Preparedness - Activities, programs and systems which exist  prior to an emergency and are used to support and enhance response to  an emergency or disaster. Public education, planning, training, and exercising  are among the activities conducted under this phase.


Response - Activities and programs designed to address  the immediate effects of  the onset of an emergency or disaster and help  to reduce casualties, damage , and to speed recovery.  Coordination, Warning,  Evacuation, and Mass Care are examples of Response.


Recovery - Activities involving restoring systems to normal.  Recovery actions are taken to assess damage and return vital life support  systems to minimum operating standards; long term recovery may continue for many years.

The Staff

Doug Bryson


Appointed Emergency Management Coordinator on July 9, 2005, Mr. Bryson brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences in law enforcement and emergency services.  Prior to his role as Emergency Management Coordinator, Mr. Bryson served with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office for fourteen (14) years. In 2003, he was named the Supervisor-of-the-Year for the Sheriff's Office.


While at the Sheriff's Office, Mr. Bryson was instrumental in the development and implementation of the county-wide School Resource Officer program at area school districts. Additionally, while supervising the activities of the crime prevention program, he was able to forge numerous relationships within private industry.  Since arriving with Emergency Management, Mr. Bryson has continued to foster relationships with such entities as: SCEMD, DHEC, Spartanburg Regional, National Weather Service, and numerous other local, state, federal and private agencies.


While with Emergency Management, Mr. Bryson has received his BS degree in Emergency Disaster Managment from Western Carolina University, his Certified Emergency Manager from the South Carolina Emergency Management Association (SCEMA), and has recently become president of SCEMA.  In addition, Mr. Bryson is a member of the Leadership South Carolina, Class of 2012 and a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers.  In his spare time, Mr. Bryson enjoys spending time with his family, landscaping and travel. 


Robbie Swofford


A native of Spartanburg County, Robbie Swofford is a graduate of Chapman High School, Wofford College (BA History and Government), and Clemson University (MPA).  He has been employed with the Spartanburg County Office of Emergency Management for six years.


During his tenure with the Office of Emergency Management, Robbie has played an important role in the planning aspect of our department.  Since his arrival, we have improved the Emergency Operations Plan, developed numerous SOP's/Checklists, and enhanced our record keeping of SARA Title III-Tier II information.  In addition, Robbie has contributed to our grant writing efforts, serves as our webmaster and coordinates the Spartanburg County CERT program.





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